Samuel Foote was a British dramatist and actor. He is best known for turning the loss of his leg in a riding accident in 1766 to a comedic opportunity. He wrote a satire on contemporary actor and public figures at the time. On the morning following the performance of this play, A Dish of Chocolate, the theater was locked and audiences were turned away by authorities. Foote’s jabs at other actors brought the ire of many at Drury Lane and the managers took steps to protect their patent.